With the school holidays kicking off next week, there are plenty of activities and events planned around Christchurch to keep the kids entertained, from City Council run holiday programmes to shows at the Court Theatre and ice skating in Hagley Park! Here at Christchurch Top 10 we've had a brand-new jumping pillow installed just in time for the break, so we're well equipped to provide hours of bouncy fun!
Christchurch City Council Holiday Programmes
Christchurch City Council Holiday Programmes are jam-packed full of fun and innovative activities for the kids to enjoy these holidays. At various locations around the city there are action-packed programmes including visits to Chipmunks Playground and Willowbank Wildlife Park, Riccarton Park Golf Course, Pioneer for a swim and the Court Theatre to catch a show. City Council Learning Centres around the city also have holiday programmes on offer, which include activities such as Tapa Art, where you can create original Tapa designs using Tablet PCs, Happy Snaps where children can experiment using cameras, and Chillout Tunes, which involves using an iPad to create music using the programme GarageBand. Check out CCC's website for more information.
The Airforce Museum in Wigram has a fun and interactive holiday programme in store for youngsters during October.
Being part of Strike Force these holidays means the kids will be able to protect the Airforce Museum from alien invaders, as well as gain skills in endurance, agility and stealth. The Mosquito Simulator is another fun activity – you get to experience the thrill of flying a World War II Fighter Bomber. Head to the Airforce Museum website for information on dates, prices and events.
Canterbury Museum is open once more in the heart of the city, and is a great place for kids and adults alike to learn while having fun. Discovery, the Natural History Centre for kids, is packed with unusual things for kids to learn about and explore. You can “dig” for fossils, check out live tarantulas, and learn about the natural world that we live in. The museum is open daily from 9am - 5.30pm and the cost is $2 per person (children under 3 have free entry).
For mini golf madness head to Caddyshack City, another popular school holiday destination. Conveniently its indoors, meaning you can play in all weather.
To avoid missing out in peak times it’s best to book in your group. Children are $10 and adults $14. Check out Caddyshack's website for their opening hours.
IceFest also has a number of fun activities happening during the school holidays. Head down to the STATE Ice Rink for some fun on the ice – the rink is open from 10 until 10 September 14–16, 18–23, 25–30 and October 2–7, 9–14. Spring Super Sleuth, suitable for ages 4 – 10, is another event worth checking out – sleuth out signs of spring around Hagley Park. Visit the IceFest website for a full list of what's on and when.
The Court Theatre
The Court Theatre presents family-friendly entertainment on the mainstage every school holidays. All kids’ shows are recommended for children aged 3-7 and all tickets are just $10 for children and adults. To see what’s on, visit The Court Theatre website.